Kabul (Afghanistan) | Jagran News Desk: At least 25 people were killed and several people were injured after a group of armed men stormed Kabul University on Monday and started firing indiscriminately during a book exhibition which was attended by the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan.

"Three attackers were involved. One of them blew up his explosives at the beginning, two were brought down by the security forces," interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told news agency AFP.

Following the attack Afghan security forces blocked all the roads leading to Kabul University and surrounded the sprawling campus, eliminating all the gunmen. No group has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Taliban, meanwhile, has issued a statement denying they took part in the assault.

The United States of America and the Taliban had signed a peace agreement with each other earlier this year. The agreement had allowed the US and NATO to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, intelligence agencies suspect that the Islamic State group could have carried out the attack. Last month, the Islamic State group sent a suicide bomber into an education center in the capital's Shiite dominated neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, killing 24 students and injuring more than 100.

In 2018 a suicide bomber killed dozens of people, many of them teenagers, in front of Kabul University in an attack also claimed by IS.

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has declared war on Afghanistan's minority Shiite Muslims and have staged dozens of attacks since emerging in 2014.

Meanwhile several survivors informed that the attackers entered the campus of the university and started firing indiscriminately, injuring several people. "We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university," news agency AFP quoted a student as saying.

"We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives... boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help," the student added.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma